Blackpool 1 - 2 Barnsley

Match info: Championship at Bloomfield Road

Date: 02/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: G Eltrigham Att: 13,695

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Blackpool

Tom Ince 55

1
vs
2

Barnsley

Jim O'Brien 25
Jason Scotland 88

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: February 2 2013, 18:36 GMT

Barnsley boss David Flitcrofthailed his players' commitment to the cause after Jason Scotland's late strike secured another vital three points away to ten-man Blackpool.

David Flitcroft: Feels his side showed no fear at Blackpool
David Flitcroft: Feels his side showed no fear at Blackpool

Flitcroft has turned Barnsley's season on its head since stepping up from assistant to replace Keith Hill earlier this month, and today's 2-1 win took their points tally under his stewardship to 13 from a possible 15.

In a fiercely contested match Jim O'Brien gave the visitors the lead in the 25th minute only for Tom Ince to level things after the break.

The game turned in Barnsley's favour when Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks saw red for handling outside the box just after the hour, before Scotland popped up with the winner two minutes from time.

"I'll remember those 14 players who turned out today for the rest of my life," said Flitcroft, who signed Scotland following his release from Ipswich earlier this month.

"There was bravery out there from start to finish - we just showed no fear whatsoever.

"The Steve Thompson way is very much a mirror image of the Ian Holloway at Blackpool so we didn't underestimate how tough it was going to be.

"They get players into some incredible positions, but for all that we've matched them and we really had to dig deep in every way.

"Every single player on the field played a major part and we've proved again that there's no room for complacency at this stage of the season.

"It was probably the hardest game of the season, but the lads have dug in and got the result.

"I've not set any targets yet, that's not really my style, we just have to worry about ourselves.

"We've just got to continue concentrating on what we do and now worrying about others.

"If we carry that on we'll get out of trouble."

Blackpool caretaker boss Steve Thompson said: "I can't ask for any more from the players.

"It was disappointing for me that the two Barnsley goals came about following our corners - that certainly doesn't help you - but the sending-off changed the whole complexion of the game.

"I've spoken to Matt Gilks and he had a real decision to make. He came out to meet the lad, the ball has hit his rib and then struck his arm but he certainly didn't mean it.

"We're just in need of a bit of lady luck. It definitely wasn't a blatant handball but once we've gone down to ten we have to react to the situation.

"The pitch was poor again, but young Mark came in and did well between the sticks.

"We still couldn't shut up shop once we'd lost a man though. The plan was for us still to go for the win of course, but I guess that's just how things are going for us at the moment.

"We're not in a relegation battle yet, but it's getting to the stage where we need the big characters to start standing up to be counted."


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